Every time I go to the grocery store, I see people piling large amounts of packaged water into their carts. No matter if I go to my local co-op or the local grocery chain. People just seem addicted to water in bottles.
Even at the office of my last job where we had a large water system that provided filtered water and ice, we just needed to provide our own cups, most of my coworkers drank from bottled water, then didn’t even bother putting the plastic bottles into the recycling bin. It was an eye-opening little ecosystem for me to observe and it brought a lot of the statistics I’ve read about to life.
Here’s a fact, only about 9% of plastic gets recycled. The rest ends up in landfills, on the ground or in our waterways. They say that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish because between 4.8 and 12.7 million tonnes of plastic makes its way into the oceans each year.
Plastic is everywhere and though it’s almost impossible to avoid, you can make some simple changes that will have a big impact on the amount of plastic waste you create.
Maybe you like the convenience of a water bottle, maybe you actually have an issue with the water in your home. There is a solution for almost every situation. Here’s a list of some things you can do or buy to break your reliance on plastic water bottles from super simple to more complex.
- Reusable bottle or jar made from stainless steel, glass, or safe aluminium.
- Keep a reusable bottle, glass or cup at your desk at work.
- If you’re out and about, but forgot your reusable container use a water fountain or ask for a glass of water from a restaurant.
- Get a counter-top water filter pitcher for your home. You can get a small, standalone pitcher or you can get something that connects to your faucet
- Install a whole home water filter system.
As always, my philosophy is to do the best you can in your situation. No one is perfect.